Fullscreen has finally pressed play on its long-awaited ad-free SVOD service, which it’s billing as the “first video membership experience programmed for the social-first generation.” It launches globally on April 26.
The eponymous platform — but branded fullscreen with a lowercase “f” — will comprise scripted and unscripted series from major digital stars like Shane Dawson, Jack Howard, Dean Dobbs, and Alexis G. Zall, though the company has also acquired teen-leaning classics like Cruel Intentions, Can’t Hardly Wait, Saved By the Bell, and Dawson’s Creek to serve as part of the subscription offer. In addition, Fullscreen promises “exclusive content from top creators and social influencers.” All in all, the service will launch with more than 800 hours of content, Fullscreen says.
“This is for an audience that we know and love,” said Fullscreen founder and CEO George Strompolos in a statement, “a generation of young people that grew up with online video and social media.”
Priced at $4.99 per month — less than competitors like Netflix and Hulu (both of which start at $7.99 for basic plans) and YouTube Red ($9.99) — the service will be available at fullscreen.com and via iPhone, iPad, select Android phones, and Chromecast, with additional devices to roll out later this year. The company is also launching fullscreen with a free 30-day trial.
AT&T, which owns a majority stake in Fullscreen through Otter Media, its joint venture with the Chernin Group, has signed on as the “premier launch sponsor” for fullscreen. This means that AT&T will provide special offers for fullscreen to its mobile customers, and will co-produce content slated to air on both fullscreen as well as the AT&T-owned Audience Network, which is available to DirecTV and U-verse TV subscribers.
“Fullscreen SVOD will be uniquely positioned in the marketplace, with a signature personality and strong product features designed specifically for a millennial audience,” said Chernin Group CEO Peter Chernin in a statement. In addition to new content added daily, these features will include video playlists curated by users’ favorite creators, the ability to search by mood, and social media creation tools to annotate and share clips from different shows.
Rumored as far back as early 2014 (when we initially broke the story) and officially announced last September, Fullscreen says its content offer for fullscreen is aimed at audiences aged 13 to 30 — “from gossipers and geeks to rebels and revolutionaries.” Shows will include: Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, the highly anticipated reboot of the famed 70s TV series starring Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart; workplace comedy Jack & Dean of All Trades starring YouTube duo Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs; Shane & Friends, a gossip and talk show starring Shane Dawson; and Zall Good with Alexis G. Zall, in which the YouTube star will interview other fascinating young people.
For a full look at what’s to come, check out an exuberant and artsy trailer (which shows off Jack Howard’s pipes) below:
And here’s a list of all the high-profile original series set to be distributed on fullscreen straight from the release:
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl – Cult classic. New spin. A fresh take on Sid and Marty Krofft’s original 1970s TV series, Electra Woman (GRACE HELBIG) and Dyna Girl (HANNAH HART) are under-appreciated crime-fighters until a viral video gives them the chance to trade small town Ohio for the big time when a Hollywood superhero agent Dan Dixon (ANDY BUCKLEY) comes knocking. Tired of flying under the superhero radar but with a burning desire to stay true to their roots, the pair is supplied with new costumes and fake tragic backstories. Sure, this is what they dreamed of: fame, fortune, high-tech gadgets, but what heroic price must be paid for newfound stardom? When Los Angeles falls into crisis, it’s up to Electra Woman and Dyna Girl to battle ethical dilemmas, growing egos, and a super-villain or two to save the day. But can they save each other first? (8 x :11)
Filthy Preppy Teen$ – From the outside, Brewster Bay Preparatory Academy seems like a serene high school for the wealthy, elite and beautiful. But, within its walls, personal politics and ruthless social climbing means all-out war. On the front lines are twins Meegan (HANNAH KASULKA) and Chaad (MAX CARVER). After months away from school, shipwrecked, they’ve now returned to Senior Year and must claw their way back up to the top. Master manipulators, nothing and no one is off limits. Their teenage allies (or enemies, depending on the day) include the new Queen Bee Beatrix (MALESE JOY), secretly straight Braff (TAJH BELLOW), and high-powered lawyer Parker (DYLAN GELULA). It’s an intense, epic teen drama… but as a comedy. Created by Curtis Gwinn (“The Walking Dead,” “The Leftovers”), Paul Scheer (“Party Over Here,” “Fresh off the Boat”), Jonathan Stern (“Childrens Hospital,” “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”) and executive produced by Keith Quinn (“The LXD,” “Jackass 3.5”). (8 x :22)
Jack & Dean of All Trades – Jack (JACK HOWARD) and Dean (DEAN DOBBS) are nice normal guys who happen to spend a lot of time imagining weird stuff. Unemployed recent University graduates with a stunning lack of marketable skills, the pair turn to their great hope: a temping agency. As their esoteric and quirky employment agent Marv (JESSICA HYNES) sets them up with a series of odd jobs, Jack and Dean try their hands as bakers, babysitters, and even morgue attendants. But, it turns out there is no job that they can do without spectacularly disastrous consequences. Unlucky in love and vocations alike, all Jack and Dean seem to have are each other and their wild imaginations. Oh, and there are absolutely going to be musical numbers. (6 x :11)
Kingdom Geek – Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy) is a nerd from the 80’s and 90’s who knows more about superheroes than you or anyone you know. Katie Wilson is a millennial geek raised on a steady diet of Disney movies, theater references, and strong opinions. Kingdom Geek is an unhinged and geeked-out throw-down of pop culture. Knowledgeable, fired-up, and not afraid to debate each other into the floor, Andre and Katie welcome a variety of nerd-culture-loving guests as they debate and celebrate topics that range from film, TV, gaming, comics, and pretty much everything else. Twenty-six episodes.
Making Moves – Aspiring dancer Ethan (PATRICK COOK) moves to Los Angeles to discover that making it in today’s digital era is a whole new ballgame – just ask Bridget Barnes (MEGAN BATOON), whose online channel is devoted to the cutthroat dance scene. Schooled by his rising star cousin Sammie (RAYCHEL WEINER) and her dance crew, Ethan adapts to his new fish-out-of-water life. Capturing the highs and lows of the aspiring artist and the emotional roller coaster of young love, “Making Moves” features incredible choreography performed by dancers you won’t soon forget. (8 x :11)
My Selfie Life – Everyone has a story to tell. Bold, refreshing, and brutally honest, My Selfie Life is a docu-series that takes an up-close and unfiltered look at the lives of young Americans. Shot by the subjects themselves, each episode follows a life-changing moment in the journey toward self-discovery for several extraordinary young people: ranging from the relatable to the practically unimaginable — dealing with a twin’s terminal illness, beginning a gender transition as a nursing dad, choosing between love and starting a new life in America, publically losing 200 pounds via Instagram, and much more. (10 x :22)
Shane & Friends – Laugh until it hurts with a series that dives into the non-stop tea spilling, shade throwing, tears-of-laughter inducing world of Shane Dawson. Along for the ride and bringing extra sass is Shane’s co-host/producer, Jessie Buttafuoco. As a team, Shane & Jess dish about pop culture, play ridiculous games and ultimately, dig deep into the lives of their celebrity guests, serving up brutally honest questions that others might not have the gusto to ask. On “Shane & Friends” everything is on the table, nothing is off limits, and everything is hilarious. Twenty-six episodes.
Zall Good with Alexis G. Zall – In her video series that covers just about everything, Alexis G. Zall finds new ways to interview fascinating young people who do extraordinary things. Using her own signature brand of cheerful comedy and blunt-force honesty, Alexis gets to know her guests and audience through games, jokes, fan interactions, and anything else that might make things just a little bit weird. Covering topics and issues that she cares passionately about, Alexis takes viewers on a bold and impressive journey as she says good-bye to her teens and enters the adult world on her own. Twenty-six episodes.